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Kick Acid: Balance Your pH to Lose Weight and Boost Energy
Written by Michelle Schoffro Cook   

woman with vegetables in front of herToo much acid in your body can cause weight gain, fatigue, pain, wrinkling, premature aging, and a host of other health problems. The answer to getting your weight and health back on track lies in balancing your body chemistry, starting with your body’s pH.

The purpose of a pH scale is to measure levels of acid or alkalinity. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a biochemist to balance your body’s pH. Basically, the pH scale is like a tug-of-war in your body. On one side there is the acid team and on the other side is the alkaline team. The middle is neutral, where we want to be. However, most of what we eat today and the lifestyle choices we make tip the balance in favour of acidity. Foods such as meat, dairy products, sugary foods, soda and many others are extremely acidifying to the body. The blood needs to remain stable on the scale at 7.365 (slightly alkaline) to maintain health and life. Acidity can impair the proper functioning of our hormonal systems, sap our energy, and leave us prone to illness and pain. We simply cannot survive if our body becomes acidic, so the body has mechanisms in place to ensure that the blood, which feeds our brain and all our organs, glands, and tissues, remains slightly alkaline.

One of the ways the body deals with acidity is to store it in fat cells as a way to get it out of the blood quickly. Fat cells are your body’s natural buffer against acid because they have a natural affinity for acidic toxins and acidity. Fat is actually your body’s ally against acidic food choices, so it’s important to limit them in your diet to maintain a healthy body weight and composition. Kicking acid out of your diet gives your body a chance to restore balance at the cellular level, which allows it to start breaking down fat stores and ultimately rebalance your weight.

Here are some simple ways to rebalance your body chemistry:

Kick acid by eliminating/reducing the harmful (acidic) foods from your diet:

  • Reduce or eliminate sugar, sweets, cola and other carbonated beverages, along with any foods made with sugar or white flour.
  • Eliminate unhealthy fats like margarine and foods containing trans-fats.
  • Reduce the 3 Ps—packaged, prepared, and processed foods. By doing so, you’ll reduce your consumption of the many food additives they contain. (Colours, preservatives, etc.)
  • Reduce meat consumption. All types of meat are acid-forming.
  • Reduce coffee intake.

Kick acid by making 70% of your diet alkaline foods. Some excellent alkalizing options include:

  • Eat your veggies. Most vegetables are alkalizing to your body, so eat plenty of salad greens, beets, broccoli, celery, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic, spinach, sweet potatoes, and yams.
  • Choose alkaline whole grains such as quinoa, spelt, buckwheat groats, and millet. While there are many other healthy whole grain options, many are actually acid-forming.
  • Drink lots of purified alkaline water with fresh lemon juice. Santevia offers a wide range of affordable water filtration and alkalizing options.
  • Choose almond milk over dairy products.
  • Enjoy the alkaline fruits: avocado, sour cherries, coconut (fresh), grapefruit, tomatoes, lemons, and limes. While it is tempting to believe the myth that all fruit is alkalizing to the body, it is just a myth, even if it is perpetuated by many well-intentioned people. Of course, they still have many health-boosting properties when eaten in moderation.
  • Eat more beans, peas and lentils.
  • Try to eat a large salad daily with a healthy dressing option.

Adapted with permission from 60 Seconds to Slim: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Burn Fat Fast! (Rodale) by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP, is a best-selling, 15-time book author who holds advanced degrees in natural health and holistic nutrition and has over 20 years of experience in the field. For more information on balancing your body’s pH, consult her books 60 Seconds to Slim or The Ultimate pH Solution. Cook is also the publisher of the popular free e-zine World’s Healthiest News and a regular blogger for Learn more at or